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The Ultimate MSI Z270 Gaming M7 Motherboard Build Guide (Page 9)

By Steven Bassiri from Mar 7, 2017 @ 18:47 CST

MSI's Software

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MSI has a plethora of software to compliment both the motherboard and GPU and some of their software, such as the Gaming APP, actually control both at the same time. If I want to take advantage of all MSI software, all I have to do is download and install MSI's Live Update 6, and tell it to update and install all drivers and MSI applications. It will automatically install everything. However, you can always pick and choose what you want to install and what you don't.

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MSI teamed with Nahimic a while back, and the software to enhance sound effects is included with the Z270 Gaming M7. It's quite impressive software and adds some decent sound enhancements. MSI is also using Killer's latest e2500 gaming NIC, included with the NIC is Killer's Control Center (you can install the drive only too) to help prioritize network traffic.

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MSI's Command Center is where you will find manual and automatic overclocking. Windows based fan control is also found in the Command Center.

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Overclocking CPU, memory, and iGPu can be done in the Command Center.

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Game Boost automatic overclocking is also located in Command Center. Command Center can also be controlled by your mobile device as long as the PC and your device is on the same WIFI network.

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Logging of different system parameters is also present in Command Center, and you can set warning levels with an alert sound if the PC's parameters go out of preset limits.

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Real-time reporting from onboard temperature and fan RPM sensors is also available. DPC latency is a concern of those who do system-critical tasks, and MSI has devised a program to help reduce DPC latency.

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MSI's Fas Boot program can speed up boot or take you into the UEFI upon next reboot. MSI's Gaming App is a newer application that centralizes many gaming related motherboard and GPU features.

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MSI's Dragon Eye allows you to watch YouTube or Twitch streams while you play a game.

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The LED menu lets you configure the RGB LEDs on the motherboard and GPU; it also allows you to control the RGB LED header. MSI does include a built in on screen display (OSD) program so that you can monitor vital statistics while in-game.

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The Gaming App is also where you can disable the GPU's Zero Frozr feature, and where you can select the type of application you are running to help your eyes rest.

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The Gaming App also has generalized profiles; the silent profile will reduce CPU and GPU fan noise levels. MSI's VR Boost will improve CPU, GPU, and motherboard performance when a VR game is encountered.

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MSI's Mouse Master helps you fine tune your gaming mouse's performance, while MSI's Gaming Hotkey allows you to setup keyboard macros.

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Want a fast scratch disk? MSI's RAMDisk is there to turn extra RAM into a drive. If you want to charge your iPhone faster, Super Charger enables quicker USB charging.

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MSI realizes that many users want to use Windows 7, but are limited because of installation requirements put forth by the latest Intel and AMD chipsets. So they designed their own "Smart Tool," allowing you to create a Window 7 installation disk from an ISO image.

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MSI's X-Boost software optimized total system performance characteristics for different operating scenarios. Gaming is the core function of the hardware, so it's balanced.

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If we shift into office mode, the system prioritizes storage performance over audio performance. If we shift into Home Theater mode, the system increases audio performance while gently reducing the performance of the rest of the system. X-Boost software is designed to optimize power for whatever task you are doing.

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